Today is a very sad day in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills beloved and longtime owner Ralph Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan around 1:40 p.m. this afternoon. Bills president Russ Brandon made the tragic announcement during the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Florida. Wilson is credited for founding the American Football League in 1960 and played a key role in the merger with the National Football League. The former World War II veteran and Hall of Famer purchased the team for $25,000 in 1959. Wilson is considered one of the original owners of a NFL team. Prior to his passing Wilson has declared that the Bills won’t remain in his family after he dies. The remaining heirs include his wife, Mary and his two daughters will not inherit the team as a result of too many issues involved to keep the team in the family like inheritance taxes. Sadly, this death will be a major change for the Buffalo Bills franchise and their fan-base. The challenges of new ownership, restructure and a number of sideline factors will determine the Bills future.
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